The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) has displayed a unique selection of twenty works on paper by contemporary artist Koen van den Broek.
These very recent works were created in 2009 during stays in Los Angeles and the South of France. A period during which Koen van den Broek (°1973, Bree) experienced a bout of painter's block. The ensuing period of experimentation led him to explore entirely new avenues, technically and compositionally.
Van den Broek paints desolate roads out in the American desert and on the French Riviera. He focuses on the surface of the cracked asphalt or zooms in on the rear light or the bumper of a car ahead. He alternates atmospherically illuminated mountain landscapes with snapshots of isolated holiday homes in a forest or a peek through roadside foliage at a swimming pool below. The subject matter is anonymous, almost trivial. It tends to convey a sense of transience.
For this exhibition in the museum's Print Cabinet KMSKA-curator Nico Van Hout interviewed the artist.
From January 30th until May 16th 2010 the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent (S.M.A.K.) organised a retrospective exhibition of paintings by Koen van den Broek.